Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Matchup Preview 12/1/2019: Analysis, Depth Chart, Daily Fantasy
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A deciding game for the winner of the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders will travel over to Kansas City, Missouri to face the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs currently lead the AFC West at 7-4 with a win over Oakland earlier this season. This is a must win game for Oakland to have a chance at winning the division and making playoffs. The Raiders are 1 game behind the Chiefs so far this season after a surprising loss to the Jets last week, the Raiders will have to control the clock and keep their defense off the field as much as possible.
Date: December 1, 2019
Time: 4:25 PM EST
Location: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Chiefs: RB Damien Williams (O), DT Derrick Nnadi (Q), TE Blake Bell (Q), CB Kendall Fuller (Q), WR Tyreek Hill (Q), S Jordan Lucas (Q), QB Patrick Mahomes (Q), DE Alex Okafor (Q), T Mitchell Schwartz (Q), WR Sammy Watkins (Q)
Oakland Raiders: T Trent Brown (Q), C Rodney Hudson (Q), RB Josh Jacobs (Q), S Lamarcus Joyner (Q), WR Hunter Renfrow (O), T David Sharpe (Q)
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis:
The Kansas City Chiefs are still one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL this season. Having the 5th most total yards in the NFL, a majority of that yardage has come from the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes. Having himself another fantastic year, Mahomes has thrown 19 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions while completing just about 66% of his throws this season. Reaching a QBR rating of 110.3 this season, 3rd in the NFL. Even with the injury he sustained earlier this season that kept him out for a couple weeks he is still near the top of every statistical category. Mahomes will face a weak secondary that has allowed the 6th most passing yards, 4th most passing touchdowns, 4th highest yards per completion, and 5th highest yards per attempt in the NFL this season. The Raiders not been able to come up with takeaways, recording the 12th fewest interception in the league. This is a very favorable matchup for the reigning MVP to have an MVP type of game.
Chiefs running-back Damien Williams will sit out of Sundays matchup due to a rib injury he suffered during their week 11 game against the LA Chargers. This means that backup LeSean McCoy will be getting the start and a majority of the workload out of the backfield. McCoy has been one of the most efficient running-backs this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has also been a great pass catching asset out of the backfield, catching 24 of 28 targets this season. The Raiders have been an above average run defense this year, allowing 4.1 yards per carry (19th in NFL), just 8 rushing touchdowns (21st in NFL), and the 21st most rushing yards this season. McCoy will most likely have a tough time against this Raiders defense.
One of the most explosive athletes to ever play in the NFL leads this wide receiving core, Tyreek Hill. Followed up by Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson to round out the rest of the receiving core. Not to mention star tight-end Travis Kelce, who leads all tight-ends in receiving yards. This receiving core is one of the best and most dynamic in the NFL. They will face one of the worst passing defenses in the league this Sunday. The Raiders have allowed the 6th most passing yards, 4th most passing touchdowns, 4th highest yards per completion, and 5th highest yards per attempt in the NFL this season. A plus matchup for the Chiefs explosive wide receivers. This could be one of their best games of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
Oakland Raiders Analysis:
Quarterback Derek Carr has quietly had himself a great year. Completing 70.9% of his passes, 3rd in the NFL. Throwing for just over 2,600 yards with 15 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions with a lacking wide receiving core. Carr is one of the most efficient quarterbacks and can go toe to toe with almost anyone in the NFL. Carr will have to face the best of the best this week at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have been a much-improved defense since last year where they were one of the worst defenses in the league. Allowing the 21st most passing yards, 17th most passing touchdowns, 17th highest yards per completion, and the 21st highest yards per attempt in the league, making them an above average pass defense. The Chiefs have also been able to get takeaways, having 10 interceptions so far this season (9th best in NFL). Derek Carr will have to be on his A-game if he wants to compete against his divisional rival.
Every defense has a weakness, for the Kansas City Chiefs that weakness is their run defense. Allowing the 3rd most rushing yards this season with a yards per carry of 5.1 yards (2nd best in NFL), and the 7th most rushing touchdowns this season. The Raiders will be looking to exploit this lackluster run defense with their first-round rookie running-back Josh Jacobs. Jacobs has quickly become a good NFL running-back this season with the Raiders. Rushing for the 6th most yards so far this season, he has quickly made an impression on the league. Averaging 4.8 yards per carry with a lot of the offense running through him is an impressive feat. Jacobs hangs tough with the big name running-backs in almost every statistical category for running-backs. Expect a run heavy approach from the Raiders to try to keep the ball out of the hands of the Chiefs.
The Raiders lackluster receiving core unfortunately just lost one of its most dependable pass catchers. Hunter Renfrow suffered a rib injury that will keep him out for “a while” as Head Coach Jon Gruden said. This receiving room is headed by former Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, followed by Trevor Davis, and the recently acquired Zay Jones who the Raiders traded for before the trade deadline. Tight-end Darren Waller has come on to the scene as an elite receiving option at the tight-end position, earning himself a contract extension earlier this year. These receivers will face a tough matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, an above average pass defense that can create takeaways. Allowing just 196 passing yards and just over 1 touchdown per game this season. The Raiders wide receivers will have to step up their play this week against their divisional rival.
Oakland Raiders Depth Chart
Josh Jacobs (FD: $7,700 | DK: $6,900)
The Raiders play style is a love letter written to the 90’s. Their objective is to control the pace of the game and run it down their opponent’s throat. Josh Jacobs has been able to do just that this season, punishing whoever stands in his way. Josh Jacobs has one of the surest carry counts in the NFL, averaging 18.3 carries this season (9th most in NFL). Able to capitalize on that high work load, having four 100+ yard games this season (6th best in NFL). Jacobs will be seeing a great matchup against one of the worst run defenses in the league, allowing the 3rd most rushing yards and a yards per carry of 5.1 yards. Jacobs is a smash play this week at a value.